The Dallas Cowboys chose to stick to their guns and roll with the guys that have gotten them to 6-2. One can’t fault them too hard for not making any moves as they are viewed as one of the top contenders in the NFL right now, but there were some hypothetical trades and moves out there that could have added a key contributor to the roster.
There is always the cap situation that comes into play and is a little bit of a crutch that front office member Stephen Jones likes to fall on a bit too much. The cap is more of a guideline and closer to a myth than it is something that really exists. If teams want a guy, simply put, they will get him. They can maneuver signing bonuses, deferred money, etc. in order to get the guy they want. Don’t fall for the cap space fallacy front offices tell fans.
That said, there are a handful of players that stayed put during the NFL trade deadline that would have made a lot of sense for the ‘Boys to pursue. There is one move still out there that America’s Team could make and there is more than one reason it makes sense which we will discuss at the end.
5 trades the Cowboys were foolish to not make before the deadline
5. D.J. Moore, WR, Carolina Panthers
Hypothetical trade package: Cowboys receive D.J. Moore and a 5th-round pick; Panthers receive a 2nd-round pick and 3rd-round pick
D.J. Moore would have made sense for a few reasons here. One was the end of the Panthers game last weekend. While Moore did reel in the Hail Mary from P.J. Walker to tie the game, he promptly took his helmet off during the celebration and was flagged 15 yards. The extra point was missed and the Panthers lost in overtime.
Moore is a talent that could have been moved by the Panthers as they look to enter another rebuild and coaching search this offseason. It would have taken two picks at least as the market was reset by Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool being traded to the Bears for a second-round pick.